Incompetent, Insensitive, Ignorant
The review (issue) is Dog Obedience classes. I have a 10 month old Cocker Spaniel named Freddie who exhibits spirit, and friendliness, but can be rather wild at times. After incidents with a Groomer and Vet Office I enrolled Fred in the Animal Motel Obedience class. My dog was the only dog in the class which started June 2007, which I feel speaks volumes as to the school's popularity. The first two classes (2nd, 3rd week), went very well, Fred was magnificient. He heeled, did sit, did circles, did stand, and did ""Down."" Both Instructor and members of a previous class, who were working in an area next to us commented how good Freddie was doing. When we showed up for the third class, the owner of Animal Motel, Donald Gutknecht was there. He said the Instructor had medical reasons for not working that day and he was going to teach the class. What follows is the actions of the Director of Training, Don Gutknecht. We started out by heeling, walked around once in a circle. I then was told to stop and Freddie sat without verbal command, which was very good in deed. I then heeled Fred and was told to stop and have him lay down, or ""DOWN."" Fred was fighting me which was odd because he did ""DOWN"" the previous class with little problem. Don walked up and grabbed her pinch collar and placed it under his foot so Freddie's face was press to the ground. Fred started yelping, crying, squelling, but would not lay down. Don looked at me and said, ""Now we wait him out."" Fred continued to cry and yelp, I never heard my puppy cry before. I said, ""That's enough, let's get the F*** out of here,"" while I picked Fred up and walked out. Some breeds might respond to torture, (i.e. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers), but a Cocker Spaniel? Freddie loves people, his tail is in constant motion, I can't have him experience a stranger hurt him. I'm hoping Fred won't be scarred by the incident. There are many Obedience classes so please pick another, don't go to Animal Motel.